Otley Courthouse – a unique arts and resource centre,Birthday logo

created and run by our marvellous volunteers and  staff team, in Otley, West Yorkshire.

Summer 2014 cover

 Our Summer 2014, 10th Birthday, & Le Grand Depart programme is out now. All tickets are on sale including Stuart Maconie, Ian McMillan and our Summer season Movie Matinees – and much, much more.OtleyTdFLogo

 View the programme in full by clicking on the image on the left, or download it by clicking here

 All events  are on our What’s On page.

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 Tickets are available at the box office, by phone, or online.

Spring 2014 cover  Our Spring 2014 programme is still in action to the end of April, and is on our website now.

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Easter closure – Good Friday to Easwter Monday inclusive

Coming up – click image for info

Arrugas (Wrinkles) - Spanish animation shown in Otley one week after its UK release - Thursday 24th April at 7.45pm

Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Spanish animation shown in Otley one week after its UK release – Thursday 24th April at 7.45pm

Saturday Art Stars - our weekly Art and Craft session for children - Saturday 26th April at 10am

Saturday Art Stars – our weekly Art and Craft session for children – just turn up and have fun – Saturday 26th April from 10am to 12 noon

Jo Caulfield - Award-winning comedian  is back with a hilarious new show - Celebration of Anger - Saturday 26th April

Jo Caulfield – Award-winning comedian is back with her hilarious new show – Celebration of Anger – Saturday 26th April

Designer Craft Fair  - coincides with  Otley Farmers' Market - Sunday 27th April from 9.30am to 1pm - Free entry

Designer Craft Fair – coincides with Otley Farmers’ Market – all crafts made by stallholders – Sunday 27th April from 9.30am to 1pm – Free entry

Monday's Child - a  magical mix of music, movement and beautiful design  for children aged 3-7 years - Thursday 1st May at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Monday’s Child – a magical mix of music, movement and beautiful design for children aged 3-7 years – Thursday 1st May at 10.30am and 1.30pm

What’s new? – click image for info

Memories of Otley Courthouse book

Additional recordings from our Heritage project can be found on our Memories page – find out about our history

We have ahost of exciuting activities planned for families and children during ther Easter school holidays

We have a  host of exciting activities planned for families and children during the Easter school holidays – it’s a jungle out there!

Otley Courthouse is ten years old in May and we have a whole month of celebratory events

Otley Courthouse is ten years old in May and we have a whole month of celebratory events

Don't miss events in the run up to Le Grand Depart - at the Courthouse and around town - Otley Carnival, Cycling Festival, Road Races, Sportive, films, theatre, art ...

Le Grand Depart – events at the Courthouse and around town – Otley Carnival, Cycling Festival, Road Races, Sportiva, films, theatre, art …

April's Art Exhibition is by Otley artist Diana Henderson - on show until Aproil 26th

April’s Art Exhibition is by Otley artist Diana Henderson – her paintings will be on show until April 26th with a ‘meet the artist’ event on April 12th

What do we offer? – click image for info

Huge range of regular activities …

Check out the services we offer …

We have rooms to suit your needs …

A great place to hold your party …

… or to hold a children’s party …

Varied volunteering opportunities


Meet up and relax in our Cafe …

Great music, theatre and film on your doorstep

Promote your own gig …

… or stage your own play

Meeting or conference venue

Heritage Victorian Cell block


Exhibitionsdiana henderson

Otley Courthouse hosts a different exhibition every month:

April – Diana Henderson – paintings

May -  Courthouse Volunteers Exhibition

June -  Retrospective of previous exhibitors

July -  Otley Arts Club

August – Janis Goodman

If you would like to submit your work for consideration for a future exhibition please contact  exhibitions@otleycourthouse.org.uk

The BBC got us about right:

… there’s a perfect example – Otley Courthouse has been taken up … and used as an Arts Centre and theatre – really well used by members of the public … – BBC Radio 4

The artists who appear at the Courthouse love us:

” We’ve had a marvellous night” Cathy Jordan “Enjoyed it. Thanks to all. Smashing venue. Lovely people” Mark Radcliffe and Foes “THANK YOU OTLEY FOR MAKING OUR FIRST GIG ON THE TOUR ONE OF THE BEST EVER! YOU GUYS WERE AMAZING!!!!”  Habadekuk “Your venue is a delight – the acoustic is divine and the atmosphere is really lively and friendly. I wish all venues were like it!” Jonathan Prag – Classical Guitarist “We’ve heard a lot about Otley and Ilkley – more about Otley though!” – Old Dance School ” What a great venue you’ve got here in Otley” – John Doyle “I love this place” – Karen Tweed “Hot, sweaty and wonderful” – Shooglenifty ” A great acoustic venue” – Phil Beer of Show of Hands “Thanks you so much for hosting Julaba Kunda on Saturday. What a fantastic venue, excellent hosts, good sound crew and a delightful audience!” Worbey and Farrell tweeted “arrived Otley Courthouse and it’s all very lovely got a great feeling it’s going to be a wonderful night” … (and indeed it was!). Uiscedwr’s response to the Courthouse audience after their recent gig – “Fab”

Maybe the last word should come from some recent visitors …

“Really interesting and varied! There is always something interesting going on at The Courthouse! They have Art Displays/Concerts/Films/Craft Fairs..etc. Definitely recommend popping in and having a chat with them and picking up a program, or just visiting their website to see what’s happening there! ” Review on TripAdvisor December 2013

“We’ve seen lots of the shows (mostly comedy) at the Courthouse over the last few years. It is an intimate venue where you are always close to the acts. The staff are always both helpful and welcoming. The bar is reasonably priced compared to many venues.
Overall it is a fantastic asset to our community and would highly recommend a visit.” Review on TripAdvisor November 2013

“Always has a lot going on, whether it be music, plays, talks etc. The cafe is nice and a visit to the old police cells, which were used in TV’s “Heartbeat” are very interesting to see. A bit out of the way of the main high street shopping area but lots of parking (payable) just behind the building. Worth a visit.” NOTE: Parking free in the evening. Review on TripAdvisor November 2013

“… were really impressed with it all. Full marks for the venue and for the really pleasant and helpful staff who were on duty.” Planet of the Baybes audience member – January 2013

“Lovely place, lovely staff. I really liked the warm welcome and a delightful visit. Helped by a great performance from Hope and Social.” Visitor from Wigan. 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 15 December 2012 on Trip Advisor.

“The Courthouse has so many different experiences on offer its hard to list them all – they include the Film Society (great films (twice) a month, plus they’ve just started doing “Blockbusters” which they call (Movie Matinees)), also great music of all sorts from folk to world music to classical to choral, drama (they’ll probably be doing a pantomime or some sort of Christmas show), science fairs, antique fairs, it’s the meeting place for loads of clubs and societies, and with all this going on they still manage to be friendly and welcoming – even after only a few visits you will be recognised and greeted like an old friend. This week I went to the first C@tch film which was Avengers Assemble, based on old Marvel comics and featuring Superman and the Incredible Hulk among others in a thoroughly up-to-date adventure, great fun, and with popcorn and ice cream on sale too – great!” – Review on TripAdvisor

“Just  to say how much we enjoyed the science cafe last night and buffet lunch today. This was our first experience of Otley Courthouse and what a fantastic place it is. I was amazed last night at how many staff were there. Everyone was so friendly and the events were very interesting.  Sadly public transport links from Keighley, where I live, are not great, as I would love to attend some more of the evening events. We will certainly try and attend some more science cafe events. Many thanks to all concerned and congratulations on creating a wonderful facility for the people of Otley – I hope they appreciate how lucky they are!” – Science Festival visitor

This is such a wonderful vibrant place which caters for many different tastes. It is great for Otley people as it offers a variety of music e.g. world, folk, classical and brings local and international artists. Creative arts are featured such as painting and photography exhibitions. Once a month (linking in with the farmer’s market) there is a craft fair. Workshops are provided for many people including school aged children during the holidays. Tea, coffee, and delicious cakes are on the menu and can be recommended. The centre seems to bring the heart of the community together with staffing provided mostly by volunteers. Visit and see what you think” – Review on TripAdvisor

“We’ve come to all different kinds of things here, and we’ve never been disappointed – a really friendly place.” “Can I just say how fantastic the Courthouse is, the space, the friendliness of the staff and general facilities. It was absolutely perfect and the party was brilliant. The two young men who organised the sporty activities were really impressed with the space. I couldn’t recommend the Courthouse enough to anyone that asked, many thanks to you and all your colleagues. “- parent after a 5 year old’s birthday party. “I really like going to the Courthouse” – a participant in our Half term craft workshops overheard when being collected by her mum. “It was magic”  – visitor to our annual Science Fair – not completely on message. “On Sunday evening we attended the performance by Aly Bain and company. We knew it would be a good night, as we’ve seen Aly many times before. What was less expected was the warm welcome we received from everyone at the Courthouse, despite that fact that we had never visited before. Everyone seemed very ready to do everything possible to make the evening run smoothly, and to make sure everyone was happy. We rapidly decided that this was one of the friendliest venues we have ever visited, and we do tend to get around the country quite a bit.We do not expect to be regular visitors, as the round trip from home is around 140 miles, but we certainly intend to keep an eye on your website and to come again.”

Did you know…

Did you know that Otley Courthouse has helped create Otley Junior Orchestra, the Courthouse Choir, Otley Chamber Orchestra, Saturday Art Stars, In-House Arts, Singing for the Brain, Courthouse Rocks, Otley Science Festival, the 20/20 Science Cafe and Cafe Politique; is home to The Otley Film Society, Otley Community Players, Otley Youth Theatre, Otley Brass Band, Wharfe Brass, Performance Drama School; runs Holiday workshops for children; has a full entertainment programme of Music, Dance and Drama and has showcased acts such as Lau, Warsaw Village Band, New Model Army, Mozaic, Peatbog Faeries, Hugh Cornwell, Moishe’s Bagel, John Etheridge, Koshka, Blazin’ Fiddles, Black Umfolosi, Puressence and Shooglenifty to name but a few. “…without doubt one of the best venues in Yorkshire for traditional music” Wharfedale Observer Contact us to put yourself on our mailing list. We are an ‘Arts Award Supporter’ venue – find out what we can do for you here.

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Art Stars – Summer sessions of these fantastic Saturday morning art sessions for children from 6 – 12 start on May 7th. Book your place now. £5 per child per session.